Swedes Stumped By Swedish 'National Security Adviser' On Fox
Feb 27, 2017, 00:29
Swedes were left scratching their heads for the second time in less than a week as their country continues to enjoy an unlikely turn at the national spotlight.
The program aimed to explain the situation that the US President Donald Trump referred to last week, when, speaking at a rally in Florida, Trump hinted at a security crisis that had allegedly unfolded in Sweden just the night before.
Sweden's former Prime Minister topped all other comments by saying that "last year there were approximately 50 percent more murders only in Orlando/Orange in Florida, where Trump spoke the other day, than in all of Sweden".
Bildt dutifully echoed the claims made by Trump, claiming Swedish authorities were failing to socially integrate refugees, leading to a problem with "socially deviant activity" and "hotspots of crime". There's just one problem: Officials in Sweden have no idea who this guy is.
Officials with Sweden's foreign and defense ministries have since confirmed Nils does not hold any official position within the Swedish government.
Bildt, whose adopted last name is the same as that of Sweden's former prime minister, Carl Bildt, a relentless critic of Donald Trump, told Dagens Nyheter by email that he is "an independent analyst based in the US". Swedish officials, backed up by statistics, say that crime has been relatively flat for years in the country (and a fraction of USA crime) even though Sweden accepted record numbers of refugees in 2015.
Bildt also denied that he falsely represented himself and claimed Fox News gave him the title of Swedish defense and national security advisor. There hadn't been any major incident in Sweden the previous night.
The publication, citing the Arlington General District Court in Virginia, also claimed that Bildt was convicted and sentenced to one year in jail for a crime in 2014. "I am an independent analyst based in the US", he wrote.
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